3/13/2013 2:54:47 AM

Wednesday Shout-Outs {Birthday Gifts, Zoo Events, Amazing Teens}

It's time for our (mostly) weekly shout-outs. Each Wednesday we are featuring several people who are working hard to fight climate change and save polar bears.

• Emma's birthday fell near International Polar Bear Day and she decided to go with a polar bear theme. Her friends brought donations to PBI in lieu of gifts, they turned down the thermostat and bundled up, and had a silly fashion show in their hats and parkas. The girls also broke into teams and competed in a polar bear knowledge quiz and munched on snowball cupcakes topped with paw prints. That's the kind of party we'd like to go to!

• The Edmonton Valley Zoo held a Family Fun Day-Arctic Ambassador Day recently. One of the highlights was a giving tree where people made a conservation pledge with a specific action to help polar bears. The zoo also collected Pennies for Polar Bears to donate to PBI. Canada is phasing out pennies, and we are happy to take them to help with our work to save polar bears and their sea ice habitat.

• Another cool zoo and a cool Arctic Action Team event: The Louisville Zoo, one of our Arctic Ambassador Centers, and the City of Louisville worked with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the public radio network, and Bellarmine University to put on an amazing International Polar Bear Day event. Louisville is in the top 10 of cities generating CO2 and is determined to turn that around and become a leading city in sustainability. Polar bear scientist, and friend to PBI, Dr. Andrew Derocher, mesmerized everyone from fourth graders to a university dean with his polar bear lectures. Photographer Andrew Fore joined in and documented all the events, carrying a message of action with a great deal of passion and determination to make Kentucky a better place for future generations.

• This got our attention: not one amazing teenager, but nine amazing teens. We've seen big leaps forward in cleantech and renewable energy technologies, and will see even bigger leaps in the near future, due to this next generation of teenagers coming of age during a time when our energy and environmental problems are really hitting home. Here's a look at some of the teenagers who have been working diligently to move the state of cleantech forward.

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